Charaka Samhita – a treatise on holistic health

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Daily Dose of Affirmation

Each day you can journey from your Alpha (it begins with you) to your Omega, which in the teachings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, is the point within each of us where our inner spiritual nature meets our outer worldly nature.  It is with this thought I bring to you daily dose of affirmations for […]

Daily Dose of Affirmation

Daily Dose of Nature

Working With Gaia’s Magic

Discover the many ways in which you can celebrate Gaia, and harness the gifts and energies of the Earth Mother

Earth Meditation

Connect with the energies of Gaia by meditating outdoors. With your eyes closed, be aware of your body as it sits upon the bare earth. Feel Gaia’s steady presence beneath you and her grounding qualities. Listen to the beat of your heart pumping life blood around your body, and feel the air on your face and how your skin keeps you separate from everything around you.

Breathe in Life

Focus on your breathing. Contemplate how the inbreathe nourishes your blood, which carries nutrients to every cell of your body. Notice your out breath how the carbon dioxide you emit is breathed in by the plants, which in turn release oxygen. Allow yourself to feel at one with Gaia.

In meditation, become aware of the symbiotic relationship between yourself and plants.

Starting A New

The New Year’s begun, it’s only one day old

Have a positive outlook, let’s see what unfolds

It’s a chance for all to start anew

Big impacts, small changes, if only a few

Turn the corner but stay on the path

A diet, the gym, but not the swimming baths

Let’s focus ahead not just a single goal

Back to normality and under control

Throughout all the ups and downs, never fear

I wish you well, see you same time next year

LEARNING BIRDS

The Indian peafowl (Pavo cristatus) also known as the common peafowl or blue peafowl is a peafowl species native to the Indian subcontinent. It has been introduced to many other countries.

The male peacock is brightly coloured, with a predominantly blue fan-like crest of spatula-tipped wire-like feathers and is best known for the long train made up of elongated upper-tail covert feathers which bear colourful eyespots. These stiff feathers are raised into a fan and quivered in a display during courtship. Despite the length and size of these covert feathers, peacocks are still capable of flight. Peahens lack the train, and have a greenish lower neck and duller brown plumage.

The Indian peafowl lives mainly on the ground in open forest or on land under cultivation where they forage for berries, grains but also prey on snakes, lizards, and small rodents. Their loud calls make them easy to detect, and in forest areas often indicate the presence of a predator such as a tiger. They forage on the ground in small groups and usually try to escape on foot through undergrowth and avoid flying, though they fly into tall trees to roost.

The function of the peacock’s elaborate train has been debated for over a century. In the 19th century, Charles Darwin found it a puzzle, hard to explain through ordinary natural selection. His later explanation, sexual selection, is widely but not universally accepted. In the 20th century, Amotz Zahavi argued that the train was a handicap, and that males were honestly signalling their fitness in proportion to the splendour of their trains. Despite extensive study, opinions remain divided on the mechanisms involved.

The bird is celebrated in Hindu and Greek mythology and is the national bird of India. The Indian peafowl is listed as of Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Heart on lockdown

I thought of you,
Each time I tried something new,
And I stopped trying,
So I wouldn’t have to.
 
I thought of you,
Each time I fucked someone new,
And I stopped fucking,
So I wouldn’t have to.
 
I thought of you,
Every time I drank something new,
And I stopped drinking,
So I wouldn’t have to.
 
Then I built back up those walls,
That I once tore down for you,
High enough to please the Donald,
Solid enough never to budge,
Broad enough to withstand the world.
And strong enough to keep you out,
So I wouldn’t have to.
 
This time I made sure to leave out the door,
And I sure as hell won’t give you the key,
Nor to someone new,
So I can stop rebuilding.

The Basics of Buddhism

Buddhism is based on four basic tenets : Compassion, Mindfulness, Wisdom & Ethics. Here are four noble truths of Buddhism : Dukkha – Dukkha is a part of living. Dukkha of often translated as suffering, disease or stress. Cause – There are causes to our sufferings, namely craving and delusion or ignorance. Cessation – Through […]

The Basics of Buddhism

Healthy? What Does it Mean?

By Carol A. Lampman, integrationconcepts.net Can you be healthy if you are angry, anxious or depressed? Surely these conditions effect physiology, but the impact is more about how energy is being handled by the physical body. The emotions can be looked at as E-Motion “Energy in Motion”. Anger is a reaction to fear and is […]

Healthy? What Does it Mean?

Who are you?

I hear the voice, as if someone walks one step behind me
The words unformed, the sound of an angry bee caught in a web
I turn, face the empty street
Keeping my voice low, I ask, who are you?
“I am your shadow, here inside you
Where no light shines.
Most of your life you have taken no notice of me
As if I don’t exist.”
My shadow is nothing more than a trick of the light
“You think so? I am here to tell you I can be free of you.
Let someone tread on your shadow, while you continue to walk away
You may feel lighter without me.
You will feel slower, your days will take longer to pass
Each time you allow someone to step on me
 A small part disappears
Soon I will be gone, you will miss me, wish me to return
This I will not do; I will have the freedom I seek…”